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The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams1
The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James2
Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington3
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf4
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson5
Selected Essays by T. S. Eliot6
The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA by James D. Watson7
Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited by Vladimir Nabokov8
The American Language by H. L. Mencken9
The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money by John Maynard Keynes10
The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher by Lewis Thomas11
The Frontier in American History by Frederick Jackson Turner12
Black Boy by Richard Wright13
Aspects of the Novel by E. M. Forster14
The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote15
The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman16
The Proper Study of Mankind: An Anthology of Essays by Isaiah Berlin17
The Nature and Destiny of Man: A Christian Interpretation by Reinhold Niebuhr18
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin19
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein20
The Elements of Style by William Jr. Strunk21
An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy by Gunnar Myrdal22
Principia mathematica : to *56 by Alfred North Whitehead23
The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould24
The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition by Meyer H. Abrams25
The Art of the Soluble: Creativity and Originality in Science by P. B. Medawar26
The Ants by Bert Hölldobler27
A Theory of Justice by John Rawls28
Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation by E. H. Gombrich29
The Making of the English Working Class by E. P. Thompson30
The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois31
Principia Ethica by G. E. Moore32
The Philosophy of Civilization by Albert Schweitzer33
On Growth and Form by D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson34
Ideas and Opinions by Albert Einstein35
The Age of Jackson by Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr.36
The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes37
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West38
The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats Vol. III: Autobiographies by William Butler Yeats39
Science and civilization in China by Joseph Needham40
Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves41
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell42
The Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain43
Children of Crisis: A Study of Courage and Fear by Robert Coles44
A Study of History, 1: Introduction; The Geneses of Civilizations, Part 1 by Arnold J. Toynbee45
The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith46
Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department by Dean Acheson47
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough48
Patriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War by Edmund Wilson49
Samuel Johnson by W. Jackson Bate50
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X51
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe52
Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey53
Working by Studs Terkel54
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron55
The Liberal Imagination by Lionel Trilling56
The Second World War {complete} by Winston S. Churchill57
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen58
Jefferson and His Time (6 Volume Set) by Dumas Malone59
In the American Grain by William Carlos Williams60
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner61
The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance by Ron Chernow62
The Sweet Science by A. J. Liebling63
The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl R. Popper64
The Art of Memory by Frances A. Yates65
Religion and the Rise of Capitalism. A Historical Study by R. H. Tawney66
A Preface to Morals by Walter Lippmann67
The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution by Jonathan D. Spence68
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn69
The Strange Career of Jim Crow by C. Vann Woodward70
The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community by William H. McNeill71
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels72
James Joyce by Richard Ellmann73
Florence Nightingale by Cecil Woodham-Smith74
The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell75
The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects by Lewis Mumford76
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson77
Why We Can't Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr.78
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris79
Studies in Iconology: Humanistic Themes in the Art of the Renaissance by Erwin Panofsky80
The Face of Battle by John Keegan81
The Strange Death of Liberal England by George Dangerfield82
Vermeer by Lawrence Gowing83
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan84
West with the Night by Beryl Markham85
This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff86
A Mathematician's Apology by G. H. Hardy87
Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher by Richard P. Feynman88
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard89
The Golden Bough : A Study in Comparative Religion by James George Frazer90
Shadow and Act by Ralph Ellison91
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro92
The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made it by Richard Hofstadter93
The Contours of American History by William Appleman Williams94
The Promise Of American Life by Herbert Croly95
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote96
The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm97
The Taming of Chance by Ian Hacking98
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year by Anne Lamott99
Melbourne by David Cecil100

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The below quoted text is from Modern Library Best 100 Non-Fiction

"The goal of the "100 Best" project was to get people talking about great books. We succeeded beyond our wildest imaginings -- more than 400,000 avid readers rushed online to cast votes for their favorite books."

"The reader's poll for the best nonfiction [See The Modern Library's 100 Best Nonfiction: The Reader's List] published in the English language since 1900 opened on April 29, 1999 and closed on September 30, 1999 with a total of 194,829 votes cast. It appears to have been heavily affected by a strong turnout from fans of Ayn Rand and L. Ron. Hubbard."

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